Music Across the Water:
Songs of Land & Sea
Released in 2023
Now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other platforms!
A limited supply of CDs available for purchase through our website are coming soon.
Our second release, Songs of Land & Sea was recorded by Dan, Samantha, and their guest musicians in North Carolina and Florida from 2021-2023. The release on all streaming platforms (and soon on CD) consists of 14 traditional English folk songs re-imagined in a variety of contemporary settings. To hear the songs and to learn more about how they came to be, please visit the 2023 Album Release Page page.
Information on how to purchase a CD can be found on our Contact & Merch page once they become available. The release is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
Erin’s Lovely Home
The earliest known printed lyrics to “Erin’s Lovely Home” date from 1856 in Journal from the Catalpa. It was notated by song collector Cecil Sharp who wrote of the tune: “Taken down from John Edbrook at Bishop’s Nymopton, N. Devon, on Jan. 11th, 1904. A variant is printed in the Folk Song Society’s Journal, Vol. 1, p. 117. The words are on broadsides by Ryle, Seven Dials, and others.”
See Mine Own Sweet Jewel
“See Mine Own Sweet Jewel” represents our branching out from strictly folk songs to examples of so-called “Early Music.” The song was written by Thomas Morley (1557-1602) and is the first selection in his Canzonets to Three Voices of 1593.
Ship in Distress
Under the title “Seamen Bold,” “Ship in Distress” is part of the Copper Family tradition of songs. Cecil Sharp also collected the song from James Bishop of Priddy, Somerset in 1905. Our version is that of Mr. Harwood of Watersfield, Sussex collected by George Butterworth in 1907 and published in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.
The Three Ravens
“The Three Ravens” is an English folk ballad first printed in the song book Melismata compiled by Thomas Ravenscroft and published in 1611. It comes to us, among other versions, from the recording by pioneering countertenor Alfred Deller.
Music Across the Water:
A Collection of English Folk Songs
Released in 2020
Our first release, Music Across the Water : A Collection of English Folk Songs was recorded by Dan, Samantha, and their guest musicians in North Carolina over the course of 2020. The release on CD and on streaming platforms consists of 14 traditional English folk songs re-imagined in a variety of contemporary settings. To hear the songs and to learn more about how they came to be, please visit the 2020 Album Release page.
Information on how to purchase a CD can be found on our Contact & Merch page. The release is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
I Live Not Where I Love
“I Live Not Where I Love” is first known to have appeared in two broadsides of 1638 and 1640. It later appears in William Chappell’s Popular Music of the Olden Time (1859.)
This version of “Geordie” comes from Mrs. Overd of Longport, Somerset, collected by Cecil Sharp in 1904 and the melody from Charles Neville of East Coker, Somerset, collected in 1908.
Who’s the Fool Now?
“Who’s the Fool Now” first appears in Thomas Ravenscroft’s Deuteromelia (1609). The theme is the degradation of drink, the master drinking and telling tall tales, while his servant mocks him.
A Maiden Sat A-Weeping
“A Maiden Sat A-Weeping,” under the title of “As Sylvie Went A-Walking” was sent to collector W. P. Merrick from Australia. The singer, an 80-year-old woman born in Gloucestershire, had been in Australia since 1855. She had learned the song from her uncle, also from Gloucestershire.